The author explores the story of Isabelle Matilda Anderson, or Belle Born, of South Bend, Minnesota and her connection to bootlegging and the gangsters of the 1930s, including the Barker-Karpis gang and the kidnapping of William Hamm in 1933. Reproduces several Free Press article describing her trial for aiding the criminals.
Introduction to using the resources of the BECHS to research various topics, including family history, buildings, and events. Researching the history of the Old Towner Building is used as an example.
The author describes the foundation and building of various denominations of churches by various immigrant groups in Blue Earth County from the 1850s, including Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, and Calvinist congregations. Also includes a summary of the parish Heritage Center at SS Peter and Paul’s Church by Father Ted Hottinger.
In by-gone years fall harvest began in July. Farmers depended on someone who owned a threshing machine powered by a huge tractor, such as a Case. While waiting on the availability of the threshing machine, the Farmer had to cut, dry and stack his grain. Plow horses pulled the grain binder which would cut and bundle the grain with twine. Hand labor did the shocking, piling bundles (six or eight) together for drying. Thence, the shocks were hauled home to be stacked. On harvest day, the threshing machine and tractor were carefully positioned and the process begun.
Spurred by meat rationing during World War II, the public turned to eating fresh-water carp, some of which came from Eagle Lake. Contractor Armin Kleinschmidt, native of Mankato, and German-born engineer, Ed Bouda, teamed to form Land of Lakes Canning Company for processing carp as part of Mankato’s effort to feed our troops and the hungry refugees of Europe. Continental Can Company, which had a plant in Mankato, planned much of the processing. Kleinschmidt worked with the Smaller War Plants Corporation, supported by the State Conservation Department, to patent his process. The U. S.
Born in Ireland in 1844, Sarah emigrated with her family to America. She was educated through college level in Wisconsin, supported by her father and brother. During the Civil War she took time to organize the Soldiers Aid Society. Sarah found her education to be threatened by straitened financial circumstances, but u87ltimately succeeded. Moving to Blue earth County, she married a prosperous widower. Sarah embarked on projects involving missions and women’s rights. She ran for election as Blue Earth County School Superintendent, and won by a fair margin—the first woman to be elected
Dating photographs in the early 120tyh century may depend more on clothing and subject appearance. Amateur photography began in 1888 with the Eastman Kodak. Photographs on postcards began in 1898 and e3volved over several changes though 1930. Importance of clothing styles for men, women and children is traced through the period.
Early settlements, associations of individuals, were formed by families or extended families, colonies from the Old Country, or along railroads and rivers. Settlement in Blue Earth County began in 1855 and blossomed through the 1860s. Origins, flourishing and decline to oblivion of a number of such communities is described.
Description is provided on the structure of the wooden grain elevators which once dotted the prairie landscape at towns along the railroads of Blue Earth County. The process of unloading, shelling and storing corn and small grain at the elevator, as well as shipment by rail from the elevator is explained. History is related for each elevator in the County as well as the fate of the elevator, often destruction by fire.
Use of photographs and clothing details to identify persons, their lives and times, during the period 1850 to 1900. The various types of photographic methods used from 1838 to 1900 are discussed. Clothing styles are important in dating photographs, especially with women’s and girls’ clothing which changed more than men’s and boys’.